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How To Start Successful illy Art Collection

 

Quality collections of any kind require interest, attention and research. For illy art collection it’s even harder, since rules are not established, information is really limited and sometimes conflicting.  I put some comments that I believe can help you to start yours successful illy cup collection:

Study illy Art Collection

If you are not well-educated about illy collection, it will cost you. Not only could you grossly overpay for items, but you also may rob yourself of profit if you decide to sell them. For example, condition of package is often immensely important. Doing the research will give you a good idea of what condition is normal or acceptable, which in turn will help you accurately assess the value of items and get a leg up on other collectors. Start your research on our site to give you some initial ideas.

Please refer to What's Part Of Collection article for more details.

Get to Know Dealers and Insiders

The best way into the world of collectors is to get close to the sources. Talk to illy cup collectors to find out where they get their pieces. Collectors tend to know one another, so the more people you know on the “inside,” the more opportunities you will have to obtain sought-after pieces. You will also be more likely to find better deal if you have a relationship with illy suppliers. We also try in our site to provide these opportunities for you.

Be Objective

Illy Art Collection cups as any other collection items are graded for quality. Knowing how cups are graded is an important aspect of collecting that many people overlook :

      • Is these cups collection cups or bar set ?
      • Is these cups produced by Amici or Illy Art Collection ?
      • What’s porcelain producer of these cup ? Usually IPA cups are graded less than Rosenthal
      • Was it used or it’s brand new?
      • Does it include design package, foam package or missing package at all? What’s condition of the package?
      • Does it include brochure?

There are virtually no unique items in illy art collection yet ;-) although some can be quite scarce and even rare.When you study and now your collection you will have very good idea of when to wait (about 99.99 percent of the time) and when to just go ahead and buy.

Go for Quality, Not Quantity

One big mistake is purchasing a bunch of mediocre pieces to increase their collection, instead of a few “perfect” specimens. Smaller, quality collections will increase in value at a higher rate than larger ones with lower-grade items. In addition, the more  rare a piece in your collection is, the more it will be coveted and revered by other collectors and admirers. Quality always trumps quantity. It’s usually worth it to pay more money for quality.

Define Price You Ready to Pay

Ability to give right price for illy collection item is coming with experience. Read What Price To Pay article about how to define right price.

Stay Current

illy is releasing every year around 4 new sets, and it’s very important to stay current. If you miss release of new illy art collection set, it will be hard to find the same set later on. Of course, expect to pay extra price as well .I would also recommend buying several new sets, so you can sell/trade it later on with other collectors.

Take Care of Your Collectibles

If you want to maintain the integrity of your illy Art Collection, you’ll have to take good care of it. Store cups in shelves or in proper cases in order to to protect your investment. The more valuable sets you have in your collection, the more precautions you will need to take to protect it. Consider to buy insurance.

 

Final Word

There are plenty of nuances you will pick up along the way as you learn about and grow into your illy cups collecting hobby. You will never know everything there is to know about your subject matter; learning and growing with your collection is part of the fun. These tips are merely a start as you work to become a successful collector.

What do you recommend on how to build up your collection over time?

 

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